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A lot of research and thought goes into making an Emma mattress. So, we’re extremely proud that our Emma Original is the UK’s most-awarded mattress in 2019. We received this title thanks to numerous independent and unbiased consumer associations and testing facilities agreeing that the Emma mattress is one of the very best on the UK market.
Which? Consumers' Association, 2019““Exceptional. It’s one of the highest-scoring mattresses we’ve tested in years”.”
Which? is the UK’s leading consumer association, offering independent an unbiased reviews on a number of consumer goods and services. The Emma Original is one of their best-ever tested mattresses. Praised for being highly durable and not sagging, even after years of use, our mattress received near-perfect marks in both their performance and their durability category. Which? also lauded the excellent breathability, and the fact that you will not feel your partner moving on the mattress. The handles, which allow for easy maneuverability also contributed to the mattress receiving the highest-ever score.See the Emma Original
Mattress Testing Process
Independent testing agencies tend to rely on a mix of test machines and test people to produce fair and unbiased mattress reviews. Though each of these facilities have their own way to put the mattresses through the ringer, there are some similar tests that each facility uses. This allows them to produce reviews that focus on things customers really care about.
In order to wake up feeling rested and pain-free, your mattress needs to be both supportive and pressure relieving. Many testing facilities use a test person and a test machine to measure how far the body sinks into the surface of the mattress and how well the spine is aligned. A good mattress needs to keep the spine parallel to the mattress and shouldn’t sink in too far. To test how well the mattress isolates motion a large, stamp-like device applies pressure to one area of the mattress. If the mattress only compresses where the pressure was applied, then you won’t be disturbed by your partner tossing and turning.
Ease of Use
Though most mattresses nowadays don’t need to be flipped, turning it once every three months helps keep the mattress in good condition and can increase its longevity. In the ease of use category, testing agencies assess whether a mattress has handles, how heavy it is and how easy it is to turn. The structure of the mattress is also considered: The mattress cannot be too soft, so that it bends when you pick it up, and it shouldn’t be too rigid that you cannot move it at all. Generally, if the mattress can be turned by one person it will receive a positive score in this category.
When you invest in a mattress, you want it to last as long as possible without the feel of it changing, it sagging or the supportive properties suffering. In order to test how durable a mattress is, a test machine is used: Heavy barrels are rolled across the mattress over and over again, simulating 10 years of use. Ideally, the firmness of the mattress should not have changed significantly, the mattress should not have sagged or became damaged during the testing process. Even after years of use, the mattress should feel the same as it did on the first day it was bought.
“This impressive all-round mattress didn’t perform badly in a single one of our tough tests.”Which? The Consumers’Association, 2019 Discover the UK's most-awarded mattress
Ideal Home, 2019“Provided a super comfortable sleep on whatever our chosen night-time position”
An Ideal Home Best Buy, the Emma Original mattress stood out in particular for its ability to provide comfortable sleep whether that’s on your front, back or side. This independent magazine noted that our mattress is the best for all around comfort. They praised the exceptional durability and how easy it is to get on with the mattress. The handles were highlighted as an added bonus.
T3, 2019“Emma has managed to rise above the excellent competition in this area to be crowned best mattress”
According to T3, the Emma Original is the best mattress you can buy right now. Praised for being bouncy but buoyant, the mattress performed particularly well in all categories. They noted that side sleepers in particular would love the mattress, as it provides luxurious cushioning and kept the spine straight. They also highlighted the excellent motion isolation that will prevent you from feeling your partner moving on the mattress.
The Independent, 2019“This is as good as it gets”
According to the Independent, the Emma mattress is perfect for all sleepers – there’s not a single body shape or type of sleeper who wouldn’t love the Emma Original! Calling it a great all-rounder, the review praised the top layer for providing excellent breathability and ensuring you stay cool at night. They also noted that the mattress felt instantly comfortable and was easier to turn on than other mattresses.
Good Housekeeping, 2019“Perfect for every sleep in every situation”
Good Housekeeping praised the Emma Original mattress for providing the perfect balance between comfort and support. They noted that the pressure reliving properties of the mattress led to them feeling supported and rejuvenated. The publication also praised the breathability of the mattress and the good motion isolation. Noting, that the mattress performed exceptionally well in every test and also led to their testers sleeping better.
The Mattress Guide, 2019“There is no doubt that this is the UK’s leading mattress”
The Emma Original received a glowing review from The Mattress Guide as well. This independent mattress testing facility gave it near perfect rantings in almost all of its nine categories. They noted that the standout features of the mattress are the exceptional durability and the comfort. The Mattress Guide also praised the breathability of the mattress, stating that unlike other memory foam mattresses, it would keep you cool.
Best Mattress UK, 2020“We think this is the Gold Standard of boxed mattresses.”
Our Emma Original mattress also outperformed other mattresses in Best Mattress UK’s extensive tests to be crowned ‘Best Overall Mattress.’ This online publication praised the high-quality of the materials and also the fact that the mattress is suitable for nearly all body types and sleeping positions. The fact that the mattress doesn’t sleep hot like other foam mattresses was praised. Best Mattress UK also rated the fact that the Emma Original is reasonably priced very highly.